Discernment: Perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual direction and understanding (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Clamoring: A loud and confusing noise, especially that of people shouting vehemently (New Oxford American Dictionary).
Have you ever noticed how loud the world gets when you are actively striving to listen to God? Suddenly it’s as if someone turned up the volume and all you want to do is cover your ears. It can be hard to hear God and know that it is Him at times like this.
So how do you recognize His voice? John 10:3 says, The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. In other words, we will recognize God’s voice from experience, the same way a child knows his parent’s voice in a crowd. The child is with his parent every day, building a relationship, talking and listening to his parent.
If I am not actively pursuing a day-to-day conversation with God–taking time to be still, to push out the clamoring world, and settle my spirit, how can I hear the Whisper of God? 1 Kings 19:12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. God is not a tyrant demanding my attention. He is the quiet, patient, loving God, who desires my full attention –not my distracted self.
When I am still, I can discern Him best. When I am with Him daily, I can hear His correction and His direction.
Speak Lord, in the stillness
While I wait on Thee
Hushed my heart to listen
~from the hymn, The Quiet Hour by E. May Grimes